Sarah Jamieson Yoga - July 2014 Newsletter
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Move well.    Breathe well.    Be well.

“People often ask me, is it necessary to practice yoga every day? I tell them, 'No, not at all. Just practice on the days you want to feel good!'" ~ Judith Hanson Lasater


Happy Summer Solstice!


With each passing year I sense the changing of the seasons more deeply. The celebration of the solstice now makes intuitive sense to me: As the seasons change, we shift our day-to-day lives in response. 

Summer is exciting. It is radiating, opening, and uplifting. There is a frenetic energy in the air as we fill the long daylight hours with adventure. After the rebirth and renewal of Spring, the Summer season invites us to live life to the fullest, to enjoy each day, and to dance in the sunshine.

I hope you feel the warm glow of summer in your heart throughout this beautiful season.

Much love,
Sarah
 

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Yoga for Pain Relief
There are still a couple of spots available for the summer session!

Thursday mornings, 10:00-11:30am
July 3rd – August 28th
** No class August 7th & August 14th

$150 for 7 sessions
East Side Yoga Studio, 1707 Grant Street, Vancouver, BC

Learn more on my website and please email me if you have questions. Click here to register online or contact the studio director Julie Peters by email to arrange registration in person or by phone.

Taking Care

It's summer, so I'm keeping it simple! Use less plastic, reduce your exposure to toxins, avoid the dangers of antibacterial soap, and save money by making your own liquid hand soap. Here's how:
  1. Buy a large bottle of castile soap. I use Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint castile soap.
  2. In a reusable pump container of your choice, mix approximately 1 part castile soap to 3 parts water.
  3. Use soap and refill container as needed. 

Writing from My Blog
 
Looking for a new yoga mat? My latest blog post might be helpful. Read it here: Best. Yoga Mat. Ever.

I also recently wrote a piece for Saje Natural Wellness called What Does Yoga Smell Like to You?

Movement Education & Relaxation Training at CHANGEpain

Change Pain is a medical clinic run by a team of physicians specializing in pain treatment. They work with people dealing with all different types of pain – from headaches to sore shoulders to IBS. The classes I teach in movement education and relaxation training are a part of their integrative approach to pain management and they are all covered by MSP.  Visit www.changepain.ca for more information.
 
Recommended Read
Early this year, I read an article in the paper about a book written about a Vancouver track and field star. I was excited to get my hands on the book because the star is a woman in her nineties!

What Makes Olga Run?: The Mystery of the 90-Something Track Star, and What She Can Teach Us About Living Longer, Happier Lives, by Bruce Grierson, inspires increased movement and physical activity more than any other book I've read. If you want to move more and sit less, I definitely recommend this book for motivation!
Nutrition & Pain
 
Here is a link to a 3 minute video about how our diet can affect our experience of pain. The man in the video is Dr. Hal S. Blatman, an integrative pain physician. 

If you are interested in learning a bit more, email me and I will forward you a great article that elaborates on some of the points he makes. 
Mindfulness Meditation, Pain & Your Brain

What I am doing for my daily yoga practice shifts – some days I move a lot, some days I relax a lot. After reading this article What Does Mindfulness Meditation Do to Your Brain?, I have ramped up my meditation practice. It's really cool to see something that was once considered to be "out there" demonstrate clear and measurable changes in the brain. 
A Bit from Mark Bittman

I've read a ridiculous amount about food and nutrition, and there is no writer who has captured my heart (and my belly) quite like Michael Pollan. But, my second favourite would probably have to be Mark Bittman. I love this practical article he wrote on organic food. I highly recommend reading Leave ‘Organic’ Out of It.
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